Feeling ‘jumpy’

After a divorce, almost everyone will feel jumpy, and it is normal to have intrusive memories of the break up event or things the other person said.

Approximately two out of three of people will find that these symptoms fade over time. Other people may find that negative symptoms emerge sometime after the divorce occurred and almost seem to come “out of the blue”.

This can seem very confusing, and they may ask themselves “why now?”

Negative symptoms can be triggered if something acts as a reminder of the traumatic event.

It could be that something similar to the original event happens again or that something happens in your life that reminds you of the traumatic event. Seeing someone go through a similar experience to your own can trigger traumatic reactions.